Guidelines for applicants

Am I eligible?

To be eligible for a Hauora Māori Scholarship, you must:

  • be a student enrolled and attending a university, polytechnic, wānanga or private training establishment based in NZ and
  • have whakapapa and/or cultural links with te ao Māori or Māori communities, and
  • demonstrate a commitment to and/or competence in Māori health and wellbeing and 
  • be studying a health or disability-related, NZQA accredited course.  

For your submitted online application to be eligible for assessment: 

Application process

Things to note

  • Only online applications will be accepted.
  • Your course of study needs to be directly health-related as the purpose of the scholarships is to build the Māori Health and Disability workforce.
  • You may not be eligible for a Hauora Māori Scholarship if the Ministry of Health funds your course of study. If in doubt, check with your tertiary provider. 
  • Your course of study needs to be at the level on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework that you would achieve when you graduate. For example degrees will be Level 7 and above; health care worker training certificates and diplomas will be level 3 and above. Check levels on the NZQA website.
  • The application process is very competitive so ensure that you complete all sections of the application template. 
  • It is the responsibility of the applicant to make sure that all parts of the application are checked, that relevant documents are attached and that the application is submitted by the closing date and time.
  • After your application is submitted, a return acknowledgement email will automatically be generated. Please note that this may take 3 to 4 hours. If it is not received, you may not have submitted your application. If in doubt, phone 0800 855 066 (8 am to 5 pm weekdays) to speak to a customer service representative or email [email protected].
  • We strongly suggest that you submit your application well before the closing date to allow for any last-minute IT, or other issues, to be addressed before the online process automatically shuts down. Once that happens, no further action can be taken. 

How will the application be assessed?

The Ministry of Health will allocate a rating to each of the sections below, according to the information you provide in your application:

  • academic record (academic achievement and excellence)
  • honours and awards
  • life and work experience (voluntary and paid)
  • commitment to Māori health improvement 
  • leadership qualities and/or experience.

Allocation of scholarships

  • After assessment, an External Advisory Panel will make recommendations on scholarship allocations.

  • The Ministry of Health will make the final decision on scholarship allocations.
  • The Ministry’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

How and when do I get the money?

You will receive an email advising you of the outcome of your scholarship application. If you are successful the Ministry will request proof of your bank account. The scholarship amount will be direct credited into your nominated bank account. Payments are made from late June–early July.

Hauora Māori Scholarship evaluation

For the Ministry of Health to continue improving the Hauora Māori Scholarships, it is important that we undertake an evaluation of the Scholarship programme to determine its effectiveness. Please note that applicants may be contacted to participate in this evaluation.


It is your responsibility to ensure that all parts of the application are completed (including attachments) and that it is received by the application closing date and time. Take the time to proof read it and to check attachments, before submitting it.

Have you read our instructions and tips on preparing an application?

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